Saturday mornings alway come too quickly, it was 5:05 before I knew it. It was up to the bathroom to get washed, dressed, hair pinned back, glided up, get my smoothie and into the car I was. In the car came my breakfast of sandwich thins and peanut butter, water, and a Cliff GU- Strawberry flavored with caffeine. I am not a fan of the GU's or anything that I need to run long distances, but I know I have to start trying them, and therefore I did.
|Deer at mile 4..First mile inside the park|
I enjoy running flatwoods a lot, for me, knowing there are water stations every 2 miles, gives me the motivation to keep going because I can stop shortly for a mini break. The people there are so friendly, and stop and talk to you, and tell you to "keep going" or "you're looking good", and the scenery is beautiful, especially watching the sunrise. I always see a familiar face. This week was Andrea, who I trained with last year with TNT, and this year she is training for Chicago.
And then the bad part happened. (And NO, it is not this picture which was bad)
|Hot air balloons welcoming us to a fabulous 15 mile run.|
If you are grossed out easily, please stop reading.
My stomach decided it should start cramping up around mile 7.75 and hurt so bad I had to stop and walk. I knew I had to go potty. I knew I was approaching the back entrance shortly and someone told me it was about .5 miles away from the water, it was .6, but I made it there quickly. I didn't know if I should run or walk, and I made it just in time. I was scared I was going to have to call my coach and have her pick me up at the back entrance. I didn't think I could move, crouched over in pain. But when I was done, I was a few pounds lighter, and there was nothing left in me:) I was back to hydrating and on my way, or so I thought. I ran about a mile or so, and started cramping again. I was just painful. I was upset because as much as I wanted to run, my tummy did not want me to:(
That whole scenario added another mile to my run.
At mile 11, Teresa and Grace were waiting for me. And unfortunately for all of us, it took us much longer than I wanted it to, we had to walk about 3.5 of the 4 miles because of my stupid tum tum.
Anyway, I felt good afterwards, it still took me under 4 hours, my Garmin did not die until mile 13ish, and we had Panera for breakfast.
I still am unsure what caused the tummy issues, I have always had stomach problems, I do not know if everything just wanted to come out then, eating breakfast or eating a GU?
Anyway, that was my run, I had a great day seeing friends